Issue 156

Teleconference: Preventing Repeat Teen Births

Published Date: 
Mon, 2013-04-08

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention are hosting a Vital Signs Town Hall Teleconference, "Preventing Repeat Teen Births" on Tuesday, April 9 at 2 pm EST to discuss the April 2013 Vital Signs Issue: Preventing Repeat Teen Births. Participants should dial-in using 1-800-857-0764 and enter the participant passcode 795-4413. For more information about speakers, please visit the CDC website.

Report: Smog Tied to Serious Birth Defects

Published Date: 
Fri, 2013-04-05

A study in the American Journal of Epidemiology has found that women exposed to traffic-related air pollution in early pregnancy are at increased risk of having babies with certain types of serious birth defects. Women exposed to the highest levels of traffic-related carbon monoxide pollution in early pregnancy were nearly twice as likely to have a baby with spina bifida (a malformation of the spinal column) or anencephaly (an underdeveloped or absent brain) as those with the lowest carbon monoxide exposure.

Stressful Life Events Increase Stillbirth Risk

Published Date: 
Fri, 2013-04-05

A recent study in the American Journal of Epidemiology has found that pregnant women who experienced financial, emotional, or other personal stress in the year before their delivery had an increased chance of having a stillbirth. The researchers found that 83 percent of women who had a stillbirth and 75 percent of women who had a live birth reported a stressful life event. The study also found that stillbirths are twice as likely among non-Hispanic black births as among non-Hispanic white births.  .

Request for Information: The Office of Disease Prevention Strategic Plan

Published Date: 
Fri, 2013-04-05

The National Institutes of Health Office of Disease Prevention (OPD) has released a Request for Information (RFI) seeking broad public input on the development of the FY 2013-2018 Strategic Plan for the Office of Disease Prevention (ODP).  Respondents are encouraged to review and provide comments on a set of draft strategic priorities, which will ultimately represent the ODP's areas of emphasis over the next five years. The deadline for the RFI is April 30, 2013.

Closing the Health Equity Gap: Policy Options and Opportunities for Action

Published Date: 
Fri, 2013-04-05

The World Health Organization has released a new report, "Closing the Health Equity Gap: Policy Options and Opportunities for Action."

Report: Babies Fed Solid Food Too Early

Published Date: 
Fri, 2013-04-05

A recent study in Pediatrics has found that 40 percent of mothers give their baby solid food before the baby is four months old, with nine percent of mothers starting as early as four weeks, even though doctors recommend waiting until a baby is at least six months old. For atleast 20 years, the American Academy of Pediatrics had advised against feeding babies solid food before they turned at least four months old.

Johnson & Johnson Funding Opportunity: Obesity Prevention in Children

Published Date: 
Fri, 2013-04-05

The Johnson & Johnson Community Health Care Program has released a Request for Proposals for Obesity Prevention in Children, Ages 8-12 Years. The grant funding opportunity is intended for non-profit community health care organizations implementing evidence-based, community-education programs that promote wellness and healthy lifestyle choices to prevent and reduce the impact of obesity in children.

Webinar: Autism Screening, Early Diagnosis, and Early Intervention

Published Date: 
Fri, 2013-04-05

In celebration of Autism Awareness Month, HRSA/MCHB is offering a webinar, "Autism Screening, Early Diagnosis, and Early Intervention" on Wednesday, April 24 at 2 pm EST. The webinar will feature the work of MCH CAAI State, Training, and Research Grantees. For more information and to register, please visit the MCHB website.

Webinar: Pathways to Postsecondary Success for Pregnant and Parenting Teens

Published Date: 
Fri, 2013-04-05

Healthy Teen Network is offering a webinar, "Pathways to Postsecondary Success for Pregnant and Parenting Teens," on Friday, April 12 at 1 pm EST to highlight findings from a new IWPR report on teen parent programs that actively promote transitions to college in addition to high school graduation. The webinar will also offer an overview of policies and programs that support efforts to help pregnant and parenting teens complete high school and pursue college careers.

Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Roadmaps to Health Prize

Published Date: 
Fri, 2013-04-05

The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation is seeking applications for its 2013 Roadmaps to Health Prize, an annual award which honors outstanding community efforts and partnerships that are helping people live healthier lives. Up to six wnning communities will each receive a $25,000 cash prize and have their success stories celebrated and shared broadly with the goal of raising awareness and inspiring locally-driven change across the country. Phase I applications are due by May 23, 2013.

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